Mon., 12:19pm: Impounded vehicle connected to Youngstown hit-skip

YOUNGSTOWN — City police have located a 1997 white Pontiac Sunfire that accident investigators believe was the vehicle involved in Friday’s hit-skip that resulted in five people being sent to area hospitals.

Investigators said they are still piecing together evidence from the scene and witness statements. There is no indication that this incident is related to the prior fatal hit-skip involving Robert Brown Jr., officials said.

Police said they towed the vehicle on Friday as evidence in the case after they were called to an address on Canfield Road in reference to an automobile being damaged. Investigators spoke to several people at that residence and determined the automobile might be the one involved in the hit-skip earlier that day.

Around 6:30 p.m. on Friday family members of last week’s fatal hit-skip victim, Robert Brown Jr., were holding a vigil in his honor. As members of the vigil were gathering at the site of the accident in front 107 W. Hylda Ave., witnesses reported seeing an unknown driver of a Pontiac Sunfire traveling east bound Hylda Avenue.

According to witnesses the vehicle did not have any headlights on. The driver of the vehicle then struck five pedestrians on the street gathered for the vigil. The driver of the suspect auto then fled leaving the scene heading toward Market Street.

Three of the five individuals struck in the road on Hylda Avenue have been released from the hospital. Another is expected to be released today. The other individual’s condition has been upgraded from critical to stable.

Anyone with any information may call Youngstown Police Department at 330- 747-7911 or 330-746-CLUE.